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The Hill: Thom Tillis Could Be among "deal-brokers" In GOP-Led Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 November 2014 05:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina Sen. Elect Thom Tillis is already drawing attention as a person to watch when Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate in January.

The Washington newspaper The Hill tagged the former state House Speaker as among five new senators who "could be deal-brokers."

Tillis defeated Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan last week in a race that was instrumental to the Republican takeover of the Senate.

Here's what The Hill had to say about Tillis.

 - Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) made headlines hours after winning his Senate bid by saying he wanted to work with Democrats to make campaign funding and advertising more transparent. He has reason to pursue the issue. Tillis’ tough race against incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) quickly turned negative, with dozens of outside groups flooding local TV markets with ads. It was the most expensive campaign this cycle, with more than $110 million spent. The former Speaker of North Carolina’s state House spent his first two years in that body as a member of the minority party. He has said the experience forced him to learn how to work with Democrats. Tillis has vowed to reach across the aisle in the Senate.

Judge Gives Patrick Cannon House Arrest For Voting Illegally As A Convicted Felon PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 November 2014 06:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - He's facing nearly four years in prison for being a corrupt politician, but now former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon will spend the next two weeks under house arrest for illegally casting a vote in the midterm election.

Cannon, a Democrat, is a convicted felon. Convicted felons are barred from voting. Doing so is a felony.

Cannon told a judge he didn't know it was illegal to vote if you're a convicted felon.

The former mayor, a rising star in the Democratic Party, was convicted of corruption after he took bribes from undercover federal agents who were posing as people trying to get the then-mayor to fast-track their development projects.

Cannon reports to prison Nov. 18.

David Rouzer's Statement On Winning 7th District Seat In U.S. Congress PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 November 2014 06:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - On Tuesday night, former Johnston County state Sen. David Rouzer was elected to North Carolina's 7th District seat in Congress, a win that represents a Republican pickup of a seat. Democrat Mike McIntyre held the seat for many years but decided not to run for re-election following a razor-thin victory in 2012.

Rouzer defeated Democrat Jonathan Barfield and Libertarian J. Wesley Casteen for the seat.

Congressman-elect Rouzer released the following statement:

"I am humbled by the support and prayers of so many throughout the course of this campaign, and I'm honored to have the confidence of the voters of the Seventh District.  

"The challenges we face in this country are significant, and there is only one clear path forward to restore America to greatness.  We must get back to God and common sense.  My pledge to the fine citizens of this district, this state, and this country is to always do what is right and what is good for the country. May God always bless America."

North Carolina Sees Record Turnout For Midterm Election PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:57

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) -  Midterm voter participation in North Carolina set a new record Tuesday, according to the State Board of Elections.

As of 10:34 p.m. Tuesday, 2,717,920 voters had cast ballots. In 2010, turnout was 2,700,393.

“We are pleased that more than 2.7 million voters made such a strong statement for the democratic process —increasing early participation by over 20% and besting the state’s prior midterm record,” said Executive Director Kim Strach in a statement.  “We commend the counties for their hard work and commitment on behalf of voters in our state.”


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